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Evildoers and the Poor

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Reading: Psalm 14

Verse 6: “Evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor, but the Lord is their refuge”.

The second half of Psalm 14 speaks of evildoers. These are the folks who will do anything to become more powerful or wealthier. In order for anyone to gain more power or wealth, someone has to have less. What was true in David’s time remains true today.

Verse four speaks of evildoers as people who “devour” God’s people as “men eat bread”. In this verb there is an implication of greed and gluttony. It brings to mind the memory of placing a pizza before a group of teenagers who had been eating backpacking food for a week. The pizza was gone in the blink of an eye and I could see the look of “more?” in their eyes. But the evildoers that David writes of are not seeing “real food” for the first time in a week. They are folks who will eat and eat and eat – not because they are hungry but because they can. The lust for power and money is never satisfied. Getting some just wets the appetite for getting more.

Verse six reads, “Evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor, but the Lord is their refuge”. For those living in poverty, it is an enending battle to simply stay afloat, nevermind getting ahead. Decisions like buying gas to get to work or buying food for the kids competes with decisions to buy your medication or to pay the electric bill. It is a world of decisions foreign to most of us. These thoughts draw me back to a prayer walk we were on during a mission trip to Racine. A large pile of belongings was soaking up a heavy rain on the curbside. The pastor explained that someone else had been evicted. Among the belongings was a mattress – no box spring or rails or frame. The mattress was all this person could scrape and save for thus far. It was now ruined because they chose another necessity over rent. Yes, there are legitimate reasons to evict someone and, yes, poor decisions could have led to the eviction. The deeper issues that need to be addressed are why the person cannot earn a living wage or find affordable housing.

Where do we fit into this world of evildoers? As Christians, we are called to stand with and for the poor and marginalized. We are called to speak out against low wages and other practices that intentionally and unintentionally keep the poor poor. We are also called to help alleviate suffering wherever we find it by feeding, clothing, visiting, teaching, training… May we each discern both the changes that need to happen and the differences we can each make in our neighborhoods and communities today. May it be so. Amen.

2 thoughts on “Evildoers and the Poor

  1. Pastor JOHN, AT FRIST , I THOUGH GEE THIS REAL FIT SO MANY IN GOVERMENT THAT BEEN IN THE NEWS HOW THEY DO , SOMTHINGTHING FOR A GAIN FOR THEMDELF TO MAKE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT IS DISHONEST TO DO.

    OR WHEN I LIVED IN ANOTHER STATE THE GOVENOR DIDNT WANT ANYONE TO FIND OUT HIS DISHONEST, SO HE HAD PEOPLE PAY EACH OF HIS CHILDREN , $10,000 A YEAR FOR TEN YEARS , IT CAME OUT YEARS AFTER THE FACT, BUT THEY THE DOJ, COVER IT UP SINCE HE WAS A GREAT FRIEND TO EVIL MEN ON EARTH IN CHARGE, BUT GOD SEEN IT ALL HAPPEN.

    WHAT EVER DONE FOR A GAIN IN EVIL, OR DARKNESS, IS ALSO DONE IN FRONT OF GOD.
    MY BIBLE SAYS V6,

    TURN FROM HIM, THAT HE MAY REST, TILLHE ACCOMPLISH AS AN HIRELING HIS DAY.

    IN THE NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, RAINBOW STUDY BIBLE SAYS,
    V 6,
    SO LOOK AWAY FROM HIM AND LET HIM ALONE, TILL. HE HAS PUT IN HIS TIME LIKE A HIRE MAN.

    KING JAMES BIBLE , V 6
    YE HAVE SHAMED THE COUNSEL OF THE POOR , BECAUSE THE LORD IS HIS REFUGE.

    PASTOR THAT COULD BE WHY SO MANY IN GOVERMENT IS GOING AFTER PEOPLE OF FAITH,
    BECAUSE THE LORD IS OUR REFUGE, THEY TRYING TO TAKE CHRIST, EVEN THE BIBLE FROM EVERYTHING.
    PSALM 9 V 9, THE LORD ALSO WILL BE A REGUGE FOR THE OPPRESSED , A REFUGE IN TIMES OF TROUBLE..
    PSALM 32 V7
    THOU ARE MY HIDING PLACE , THOU SHALT PRESERVE ME FROM TROUBLE THOU SHALT COMPASS ME ABOUT WITH SONG OF DELIVERANCE. SE` Lah .

    CHOOSE MY PATH O BLESSED LORD SAVIOUR , LET ME TRUST ING LEAN ON THEE.

  2. It could be why! Thx for sharing!! 👍

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